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  1. fiddlecollector

    Bow marked France

    Heres one of bow wood properties. No black walnut though. A recent bow wood is camelthorn acacia, which is incredibly stiff and from what ive heard hard to make a bow of normal thicknesses.Also not a very attractive colour. 0066.pdf 0068.pdf 0070.pdf 0072.pdf
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    ID bow swan head

    Its more correctly swan neck, the french use col de cygne as the description meaning swan collar so neck is more appropriate but either term is used often when talking about these type of bows. Some look more swan like than others and more or less rounded at the back of the head,etc...
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    (More pics)Violin bow info requested

    Yes branded where this one appears to be, im sure i can make out Finkel if i look close enough. But cant be sure but after seeing a further pic it seems to fit.
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    (More pics)Violin bow info requested

    Its probably a JS Finkel bow.
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    A2 vs O2 blades

    O1 can usually be sharpened to a keener edge than A2 . A2 is a little tougher so the edge will usually last longer before sharpening. They both make decent blades and it depends on how sharp you really need them. O1 has a finer grain structure so the edge can be sharper. O1 can rust more easily than A2 (which contains around 5% chromium).
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    DIY screws for bows. Question for eyelets.

    Don`t really know but doubt that maker came up with the idea.Those are just Paulus supplied screws which you linked to above ,where they call them `baroque`, Paulus sell several varieties with different threads. I`m sure ones like the half threaded type were sold years ago in Mirecourt and Markneukirchen.
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    DIY screws for bows. Question for eyelets.

    Where is this `panhaleux` name coming from??
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    Violin bow HAYNES

    Looks like what they`d call a `Lupot` model (and often stamped as such) made in Mirecourt workshops and Saxony ones, This looks Saxony /German as Martin suggests
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    Help with bow id

    Looks like a decent German Vuillaume model in amourette ,appears to have the metal lining to the pearl slide .
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    Bow marked France

    Abeille can make good bows ,often better than bad pernambuco but not as good as good quality pernambuco. Brasilwood is a bit of a misnomer, everytime i see one described as brasilwood its obviously abeille/manilkara. Even low quality pernambuco looks different than abeille. Brasilwood tends to be a term still used in the US in particular. Abeille tends to have a bad reputation because it was used to make 100`s of thousands of mass produced cheap bows often roughly made with little attention to the wood properties.It was often also poorly seasoned and many of these bows are now bent and twisted . They were usually sold by the dozen for little money by Mirecourt dealers and probably in Markneukirchen as well. They were often usually free and included with a purchased workshop instrument. The workshops did produce some better quality abeille bows though.
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    Bow marked France

    Bee as you say ,also called bee-wood in English, i suggest you read this Here is a few photos of some bow blanks of abeille, it varies alot in colour and tightness of grain, alot is brownish with light flecks of mineral deposits ,some is redder and tighter grained.
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    Bow marked France

    Looks like a half mounted abeille bow from one of the Mirecourt shops. The non ebony button is relatively common.
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    Violin or viola transitional bow?

    Everything else aside you can certainly not go by thickness of a bow ,as different woods have different densities and strengths ,and you get the same variation in the same wood . . With weights even with bows much later than the op bow,there are French cello bows weighing only 60 gms. Martin please stop quoting L`archet ,its not a book someone is likely to go and buy without large pockets. There is plenty of good information available on the net. Even on You Tube there are lectures from Raffin etc.... which anyone interested should watch for free. I also see alot of self styled expert on websites who are obviously quoting everything from L`archet.
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    Violin or viola transitional bow?

    heres some lengths of similar late 18th-very early 19th century bows and a late 19th century Collin-Mezin bow. As you can see they are all over the place. Martin comparing the bow in question to modern standards like a Sartory or Hill is pointless.
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    Violin or viola transitional bow?

    they were often shorter but lengths are all over the place.